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Jan. 25, 2006

Greensboro, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2006 football schedule today. Virginia’s schedule features 12 regular season games, including six home contests. Starting times for all games will be announced later.

The schedule features five games against teams that played in bowl games this past season, including three against teams ranked in the final Associated Press poll.

The Cavaliers finished with a 7-5 record last season and appeared in a bowl for the fourth year in a row. They defeated Minnesota 34-31 in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

Virginia opens the 2006 campaign on the road against Pittsburgh on Sept. 2. The Cavaliers defeated the Panthers 23-16 in the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.

The Cavaliers host Wyoming on Sept. 9 in the home opener in the first meeting between the two schools. They remain at home the following week to host Western Michigan on Sept. 16. This will be the second year in a row the teams have clashed; UVa defeated the Broncos 31-19 in last season’s opener.

The conference schedule begins in week 4 as the Cavaliers start a three-game road trip by traveling to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in a Thursday night match-up on Sept. 21. This game marks the fourth time the teams have met on Thursday night in Atlanta (1991, ’93, 2000).

On Sept. 30 the Cavaliers travel to Durham, N.C., to face Duke. UVa turns around and goes back to the Tar Heel state the following week to play East Carolina Oct. 7 in Greenville.

After the three-game road swing, Virginia returns home for three consecutive games in October, beginning with an Oct. 14 contest against Maryland. A short week precedes a Thursday night clash with long-time rival North Carolina on Oct. 19. The homestand concludes on Oct. 28 with the first game against N.C. State since 2003.

The final month of the season opens with a game against ACC champion Florida State on Nov. 4 in Tallahassee. Virginia looks to win back-to-back games vs. the Seminoles for the first time ever.

Following a bye week on Nov. 11, the Cavaliers play Miami in their final home game of the season on Nov. 18. The regular season concludes with in-state foe Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Nov. 25.

2006 Virginia Football Schedule

Sept. 2           at PittsburghSept. 9           WyomingSept. 16          Western MichiganSept. 21 (Thurs.) at Georgia TechSept. 30          at DukeOct. 7            at East CarolinaOct. 14           MarylandOct. 19 (Thurs.)  North CarolinaOct. 28           N.C. StateNov. 4            at Florida StateNov. 18           MiamiNov. 25           at Virginia Tech

This schedule is subject to change. Starting times are TBA.

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